Metal News for January 7, 2010
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41 news articles posted on this day.
Germany's Burial Vault has issued the following update about recording new material:
"Heavy New Year Metalheads! We haven't played that much shows in the end of 2009. Because we want to put some finishing touches on our new material, we are going to take a little break until March. In the end of March we want to record our first full length album in Jörg Uken's Soundlodge Studio. God Dethroned recorded their last couple of albums ('The Toxic Touch' and 'Passiondale') there and also Dew Scented's 'Incinerate' and some other awesome sounding Extreme Metal-Releases have been recorded at the Soundlodge. Stay tuned for more information and keep checking our blog!"
German metallers Jack Slater have issued the following announcement about the release of their new album:
"We are proud to announce that Jack Slater and the label Unundeux joined forces to release the 4th Jack Slater album 'Extinction Aftermath' on 26 February 2010! The guys behind Unundeux are the guys from the German grind legends Japanische Kampfhoerspiele, who decided back in 2009 that they want to have full control over their music. So they started their own label to release future JaKa releases!
"Now we will join this small family to release our new album with full control over everything, but with a professional label, promo and distribution structure strengthening our backs! Official Distribution will be taken care of by Cargo Records, a well known Distributor. Look at their band rooster and you will know where a lot of your favorite albums come from. We really look forward to this collaboration and believe we have a very strong album for you guys, that you will love as much as we do! More information, songs, previews, videos, stuff, hot chicks and more hot chicks will be presented to you in the upcoming weeks before the release, so be sure to check back regularly!"
Vocalist Serg of Latvian metallers Preternatural has issued the following announcement about parting ways with their keyboardist:
"Greetings our dear fans! Now it's time to settle down some real changes in our line up. Since Euge, our keyboard player, has changed his residing country, he's not able to participate actively in our band anymore. In such a situation, we must find a replacement for him to help us here in Riga. If you are interested, please, write to email@example.com."
Samples of Preternatural's music can be found at their official MySpace page.
Sonic Syndicate has issued the following announcement about performing at the Close Up Båten cruise:
"Sonic Syndicate has now been confirmed to play Close Up Båten 2010 which hits the high seas on February 25th and 26th leaving from Stockholm, Sweden. Joining in on the fun will be Deathstars, Caliban, Cult of Luna, Bullet, and more. Tickets are on sale now at this location."
Sonic Syndicate have the following upcoming tour dates:
1/29 2010 Bandit Rock Awards Stockholm, Sweden
2/25 2010 Close Up Båten 2010 Stockholm, Sweden
2/27 2010 Kulturlagret Falkenberg, Sweden
Having published a book that delves into the music industry business and having a degree in business and marketing, I consider David Ellefson (aka “junior”) to be a jack-of-all-trades. After departing from Megadeth in 2004, Ellefson continued to search for new and better things such as producing and collaborating with other bands that were in need of a good bassist. Lately, David Ellefson has a new record coming out with Angels of Babylon that comes out this month. More...
German metal band Suidakra has announced the following North American tour dates in March:
Mar 08 - B.B. Kings - New York (US), New York
Mar 10 - Les Foufounes Electriques - Montreal (CA), Quebec
Mar 13 - Wreck Room - Toronto (CA), Ontario
Mar 14 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago (US), Illinois
German thrash metal band Destruction has announced two Turkey shows in March. Their complete show schedule is as follows:
01/31 - ROCK TEMPLE/GMM Part III - KERKRADE, The Netherlands
03/06 - 312 Music Hall - Ankara, Turkey
03/07 - Balans Club - Istanbul, Turkey
04/17 - KULTURWERKSTATT- METALINFERNO FESTIVAL - Paderborn, Germany
California hard rockers Spiralarms have posted a new song, entitled "Later On," on their MySpace page. The song comes off of their upcoming album, "Highest Society," which will be released on March 1st.
Upcoming Spiralarms shows are as follows:
Jan 23 - Fat Cat - Modesto, California
Feb 13 - Pine St. - Livermore
Aug 14 - Truckers Event Show (set timeTBA) - Salinas, California
Originally known as Dyer's Eve, German melodic death metallers DARK AGE will release their sixth full-length on January 29th. Entitled "Acedia," the record marks their first recording for their new label, AFM Records. "Acedia" was produced by vocalist/guitarist Eike Freese at Eikey Studios with artwork by Niklas Sundin (Cabin Fever Media/Dark Tranquillity).
Swedish power metal band NOSTRADAMEUS will release their sixth full-length, "Illusion's Parade," in the US on February 2nd through AFM Records. Featuring members of Fejd and Pathos, the record was produced by Anders "Theo" Theander at Roasting House Studios in Sweden.
The band comments on the release of the record, "I guess its hard to explain the feeling when we finally are able to release 'Illusion's Parade' after sitting on it for about one year. We didn't expect it to ever be released and the frustration you build up in a situation like this when you have a finished album and all of us thinks its the best we've ever done and you just never seem to get it out to the audience is, well, frustrating."
British thrashers, EVILE have recently announced that they will be embarking on their first major North American tours with such legendary acts as KREATOR and OVERKILL. EVILE frontman/guitarist, Matt Drake recently took some time to proclaim his (and the band's) excitement to hit the road across the pond in March through early-May:
"Well it's about time it happened, we can finally say that we are coming to the USA!! It's been a long time coming because we've tried before, we've had a few plans made in the past to get to the states but they always fell through but it's finally confirmed and happening. We couldn't be happier that we get to lay waste to peoples senses on a nightly basis with such legendary bands that we have nothing but respect for, we're looking forward to meeting people who have listened to our cd's but never had the chance to see us live and we're also looking forward to introducing ourselves to a lot of new people and instead of easing ourselves into it by doing a week or so we're going for a full on two month straight tour with only a few days off, the way it should be!! I'm personally looking forward to being able to visit such iconic places as New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco as these are the kind of places i never thought i would be lucky enough to see. Ladies and gentlemen the British are coming!!!!" More...
North Carolina sludge metal band WEEDEATER has announced a string of Midwestern and Southeastern US tour dates for late January into early February. Two of the dates will feature the band's stripped-down, acoustic, two-piece bass and banjo persona, known as BARSTUL, supporting Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age). The confirmed dates are listed below, and as always with this band, more dates are to be announced shortly.
WEEDEATER will enter Steve Albini's Electric Audio studio in Chicago this month to being tracking their next full-length record for Southern Lord Records, due out later this year. More...
"Tom gave various medical treatments more than a fair shot," said Slayer's manager Rick Sales, "but they just haven't handled the problem, so he's biting the bullet and is scheduled for back surgery at the end of this month."
This difficult decision made by the band's bassist/vocalist Tom Araya means the cancellation of Slayer's immediate tour plans that include the American and Canadian Carnage Tour dates that were set to kick off on January 18, as well as the band's UK/European headline tour scheduled for March and April. Booking agents for both Slayer and Megadeth are already hard at work rescheduling the tour dates; tickets already purchased for these shows will be honored at the rescheduled dates.
Araya began experiencing back problems while on the band's Australian/New Zealand/Japanese tour last October. In spite of his rapidly increasing pain and discomfort, he carried on with the tour, but immediately upon returning home saw an orthopedic specialist who diagnosed a Cervical Radiculopathy. Araya initially did not want to take the major surgery route, so the specialist recommended a series of minimally-invasive procedures. While those procedures have resulted in some improvement, Araya continues to deal with intermittent bouts of severe pain, numbness and muscle spasms. The surgical procedure that Araya will undergo, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, is a relatively routine practice and the recovery rate is excellent.
Sales added, "As unfortunate as this is for so many people - the Megadeth and Testament camps, the concerts' promoters, and, of course, the fans - Tom's health is the number one priority, and this has to happen."
Rammstein has confirmed industrial metallers Combichrist as support for the second leg of the European tour, which starts at the end of this month until March. Dates are as follows:
Jan. 31 Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Rockhal
Feb. 02 Manchester, United Kingdom - MEN
Feb. 03 Birmingham, United Kingdom - LG Arena
Feb. 04 London, United Kingdom - Wembley Arena
Feb. 06 Dortmund, Germany - Westfalenhalle 1
Feb. 07 Dortmund, Germany - Westfalenhalle 1
Feb. 08 Mannheim, Germany - Maimarkthalle
Feb. 10 Chemnitz, Germany - Arena
Feb. 11 Dresden, Germany - Messehalle
Feb. 12 Dresden, Germany - Messehalle
Feb. 14 Erfurt, Germany - Messehalle
Feb. 15 Kiel, Germany - Sparkassenarena
Feb. 16 Malmö, Sweden - Malmö Arena
Feb. 18 Oslo, Norway - Vallhall Arena
Feb. 20 Stockholm, Sweden - Ericsson Globe Arena
Feb. 22 Helsinki, Finland - Hartwall Arena
Feb. 24 Tallinn, Estonia - Saku Arena
Feb. 26 St. Petersburg, Russia - SCC Arena
Feb. 28 Moskow, Russia - SC Olympisky
Mar. 01 Moskow, Russia - SC Olympisky
Mar. 04 Riga, Latvia - Arena Riga
Mar. 05 Vilnius, Lithuania - Siemens Arena
Mar. 09 Kyiv, Ukraine - Expo Center
Mar. 12 Lodz, Poland - Arena
Mar. 13 Ostrava, Czech Republic - CEZ Aréna
Mar. 16 Budapest, Hungary - Papp László Budapest Sportaréna
Mar. 18 Zagreb, Croatia - Arena Zagreb
Mar. 20 Belgrad, Serbia - Arena
Rammstein recently posted the new video for "Ich Tu DIr Weh." You can watch it at this location.
New Jersey based thrash metal legends Overkill will be shooting a new music video in Brooklyn, New York this weekend for the song, "Bring Me The Night" from their forthcoming new studio album, "Ironbound" which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on February 9th. The video will be directed by Kevin Custer, who has previously worked with the likes of Hatebreed, Testament and Suffocation.
Frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth states: "Kevin shot & directed the 'Skull & Bones' video. He is a true "master of disaster" when presenting the visuals. His art is as explosive as the bands' he works with and his personality compliments both. There is no fear in his vision. It is a true metallic pleasure to work with someone who "understands" and can deliver at such a high level."
Dutch death metallers Nox have announced that they have parted ways with drummer Bob Dussel. No replacement drummer has been announced at this time. Sample Nox tracks are available for streaming through the band's MySpace page.
Nox also have the following upcoming tour dates:
4/30 2010 Neurotic Deathfest TILBURG (NL)
5/1 2010 Neurotic Deathfest TILBURG (NL)
5/15 2010 ’t Ukien KAMPEN (NL)
Suicide Silence have announced they will be appearing at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA. The group will be signing autographs at the Affliction Clothing Booth (located at 4130 on the main floor) Friday, January 15th at 1:00PM.
The following night, Saturday January 16th, Suicide Silence will perform at a special benefit show for Deftones bassist, Chi Cheng, who remains in a coma following an automobile accident. The benefit also features members of Deftones, Korn, P.O.D., Dream Theater, Papa Roach, Chevelle, Pennywise, and others. This event will be held at The Slidebar in Fullerton which is located at 122 East Commonwealth Ave. The show is free, all ages, and starts at 6:00PM.
British thrashers Evile recently announced their new bassist, Joel Graham, who joined the band following the tragic death of their late bassist, Mike Alexander. Joel Graham previously played in Yorkshire metal band Rise to Addiction, who recorded for Mausoleum Records. View the first new photo of Evile featuring the new line-up below.
(L-R: Ben Carter, Matt Drake, Joel Graham, Ol Drake) More...
Hardtimes.ca conducted an interview with New Jersey pirate metallers Swashbuckle at a Montreal tour date in December 2009. The video clip of the interview can be viewed below.
"Awake" comes off the band's self-titled album, which will be released February 23rd, 2010 via Roadrunner Records.
The band will join Arch Enemy on tour later this month, and will embark on a spring tour with Sonata Arctica. More...
Norwegian metallers Aspera, who recently signed to InsideOut Music, are set to release their debut album "Ripples" on January 25th, 2010. Aspera has also announced they will be hosting a record release party for the album at Smuget in Oslo on January 28th. The title track from the album can be heard at the band's MySpace page.
The track listing for "Ripples" is as follows:
3. Do I Dare?
5. Between Black & White
6. Catatonic Coma
7. Torn Apart
8. Traces Inside
10. The Purpose
British metal group Rise To Addiction has parted ways with bass player Joel Graham after he was selected to become the new bassist for British thrash metal band Evile. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Unfortunately for RTA, Joel (Graham - bass) has decided to leave the band and join EVILE full time, it's a real shame but Joel's replacement is already in rehearsals, so there won't be much downtime for the band. Please join us in wishing Joel and Evile good luck on their massive tour schedule for 2010!"
Graham has issued the following statement: "Although I'm moving to Evile, I can't help but feel that's it's a shame that I can't practically do both bands. I have had some amazing times with RTA and met some great people along the way. Thank You! I will miss Leigh (Oates), Aynsley (Dickinson) and Steve (Wray) but I will be sure to keep in touch with them as much as possible and we will remain great friends. More then anything I wish Rise To Addiction all the best and look forward to hearing, seeing and doing some festivals together with them in the very near future."
In a recent message posted online, Seattle, Washington based heavy metal outfit Demon Hunter has announced that their new album will be entitled, "The World Is A Thorn" and that it will hit the shelves in March. The message reads as follows:
"Hunters, we are happy to announce that our fifth album will be entitled The World Is A Thorn, and it will be available in stores and online March 9th.
"The album was produced by our longtime friend, Aaron Sprinkle and mixed by producer Jason Suecof and is simultaneously our heaviest yet most melodic project thus far.
"We'd also like to officially introduce and welcome Ryan Helm of THE ASCENDICATE as our new guitarist. This is an exciting time all around and we hope you will stay tuned for updates on art, music and pre-orders."
Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of legendary metal band RAVEN and is gearing up to release "Walk Through Fire," RAVEN's first album since 2000's "One for All," in North America. "Walk Through Fire" contains 14 new tracks and two live bonus tracks. The tracklisting for "Walk Through Fire" is as follows:
2. Against the Grain
3. Breaking You Down
4. Under Your Radar
5. Walk Through Fire
7. Long Day's Journey
10. Running Around In Circles
11. Hard Road
12. Armageddon (the Beginning)
14. Space Station #5
15. Live at The Inferno**
16. Rock Until You Drop**
**Bonus Live Tracks
Vocalist, bassist, and founding member John Gallagher comments; “We are ecstatic - we go way back with Metal Blade (we've known Brian since meeting him backstage at one of our shows in the UK in 1982!!!) so there's mutual respect. We feel that having this killer new album Walk Through Fire and a relationship with Metal Blade, an outfit that lives and breathes this music - that UNDERSTANDS where we have been and what we've been through, will show that we are not trading on past glories but that we are a band that continues to be relevant…and kicks ass more than ever before! We've set the bar high here with this album and are happy to have a partner willing to get it out there to the metal fans and spread the word. This is the RAVEN album the diehards have been beating us up for…and then some!"
Metal Blade Record's Michael Faley comments; “We are excited and proud to be releasing the new album by RAVEN entitled Walk Through Fire! This record has garnered tremendous reviews worldwide and combines all the strength and power that only the Gallagher brothers can deliver, Rock Solid METAL! With a career that has spanned over 25 years, RAVEN is back with a CLASSIC album."
Following a forced layoff through half of the last decade due to Mark Gallagher's long recuperation from a serious accident where Mark's legs were crushed after a wall collapsed on the musician, the band have fought back with a number of European festival appearances, a UK tour in 2008 and a triumphant jaunt to Japan in 2009.
John Gallagher – vocals & bass
Mark Gallagher – guitars
Joe Hasselvander – drums
The band previously announced their signing with SPV/Steamhammer for a European release on March 29, 2010.
Chicago-based BURNHILL UNION Records recently announced the signing of RIKETS to their growing rock label. The band’s debut album “All American Cult” will be released under the Burnhill Union name this April 2010, after which the band will embark on a live tour around the country.
After completing a distribution deal with E1 Distribution in November, Burnhill Union Records steadily began growing their roster, beginning with the signing of rockers AM CONSPIRACY, featuring former Drowning Pool vocalist Jason "Gong" Jones. Burnhill Union Records was formed earlier this year by partners, Kym Affinito, Randy Kertz, and Shaun Glass (ex-SOIL, Current DIRGE WITHIN guitarist).
After spending eighteen months on an extremely hectic tour, RIKETS’ founding member Scott Rose (vocals) had a chance meeting with Burnhill Union partner, Shaun Glass, and by December 2009, a deal was set in place. Scott explains, "Without a label home to release the album in the beginning, we did what we do best and toured. We didn’t have any other option. We toured so much that we noticed we had the ‘Sevendust Syndrome’ - you could see us in your town every 3 months."
Check out some of Rikets' music on their MySpace page.
High On Fire's fifth studio album "Snakes for the Divine" will be released February 23, 2010. The album artwork was also revealed at this site. This is the follow up album from 2007's success: "Death is this Communion." In a recent interview on Full Metal Jackie, Matt Pike (Lead vocals and guitar) explained that the album would be "Super heavy, some of it would be thrashy, but have a classic 70's Priest style to it."
California based hard rock outfit Fu Manchu has announced that they will be heading to Europe at the end of January for a series of headlining shows. The trek will kick off in London and finish in Copenhagen.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
British grindcore legends Napalm Death has announced some more concerts for their upcoming tour of Europe and the United Kingdom. The tour is in support of their latest studio album, "Time Waits For No Slave" which was very well received by fans and media alike.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Irish black metal outfit Primordial has posted a new trailer online for their forthcoming new DVD release, "All Empires Fall." You can check it out below. The DVD will be released in February through Metal Blade Records and features footage of the bands show at The Button Factory in Dublin, Republic Of Ireland as well as documentary material. A special edition of the DVD will also be released containing a bonus CD as well as other features.
Industrial metal legends Fear Factory has announced some more headlining tour dates for their European tour, which will kick off in February. The tour is in support of the bands forthcoming new album, "Mechanize" which sees the return of guitarist Dino Cazares and the addition of drummer Gene Hoglan and bass player Byron Stroud. The album will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on February 9th.
The European tour dates are as follows: More...
Canadian progressive thrash metal outfit Voivod has been confirmed as the latest band added to this years edition of the Wacken Open Air festival. The event will take place in the town of Wacken, Germany between August 5th 0 August 7th. Other acts confirmed for the festival include Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Cannibal Corpse and Immortal.
North Carolina's Alesana has posted the third episode of a series studio videos from when they were recording their upcoming album, "The Emptiness." The video features band members Patrick, Jake, Shawn and Shane tracking guitars and bass for the songs on the new album. Towards the end of the video there is also a 30 second clip of one of the songs on the the album. Watch the video below.
The band has also posted two songs from the upcoming album on their Myspace page. The songs are entitled "The Thespian" and "To Be Scared By An Owl."
Detroit death metal band AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH has announced new tour dates with Victory Records recording artists, WITHIN THE RUINS. Here's what AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH guitarist, Kyle McIlmurray, has to say about the upcoming shows:
"We're super excited to be doing these two weeks with none other then one of our favorite bands to hang out and play with, WITHIN THE RUINS. We've created a pretty tight bond with all of the dudes and are looking forward to sharing the road with them yet again. We'll be reaching some states we have never been to before so we're all really amped to get our music out to some new, fresh ears. It's going to be a blast because us and WTR are always good with entertaining each other and keeping the tour party alive. There is for sure a lot of crazy shenanigans to be had. Just wait!" More...
Swedish power metal band DREAM EVIL has premiered a new track on their MySpace page from their new album “In The Night.” The band comments, “Hey metalheads! We got a new appetizer-song for you: 'Bang Your Head' taken from our upcoming new album "In The Night", but make sure your neck isn't sore before you hit play!”
DREAM EVIL’s new studio album “In The Night” was once again produced at Sweden’s Studio Fredman (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, HammerFall, etc.), which is owned by DREAM EVIL axeman Fredrik Nordström. The album will be released on the following street dates via Century Media Records:
SWEDEN: January 20, 2010.
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / ITALY: January 22, 2010.
BENELUX / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / PORTUGAL / REST OF EUROPE: January 25, 2010.
NORTH AMERICA / SPAIN: January 26, 2010.
FINLAND / HUNGARY: January 27, 2010.
UK: February 1, 2010.
Swedish stoner metal outfit Grand Magus has announced that they have entered Studio 301 (located just outside of Stockholm, Sweden) to record their next full length album, which is entitled, "Hammer Of The North." The album is expected to be released around the Spring/early Summer period through Roadrunner Records. A message from the band reads as follows:
"The big room we use for the drums have unique and fantastic acoustics, we are talking some of the most punishing natural drum sounds since Creatures Of The Night or Mob Rules. It'll be extremely exciting to present some real stuff in this world of triggered and doctored drums and what else. We are confident that the real deal will taste better!"
Norwegian metal outfit Zyklon has announced that they have decided to call it a day, after the band had been inactive for some time. A message from guitarist Samoth (also formerly of Emperor) reads as follows:
"After taking an offical break over two years ago, it has now become the reality that Zyklon is no longer a functional band, and thus the decision is made to formaly split up the band, instead of just letting it decend into nothingness. As a final release from the band, Candlelight Records will later this year put out a boxset, entitled The Storm Manifesto, including all three full-length albums with various bonus material. Zyklon played its final show in Tokyo, Japan on September 28th, 2007.
"All members of Zyklon are still active on various fronts. Samoth is currently in the studio working on the debut album for his new project, The Wretched End. Destructhor is still touring with Morbid Angel, and is still planning to complete a new Myrkskog album with Secthdamon. Trym is mainly working in his tattoo shop, but is scheduled to appear in a new music project soon."
New York hardcore veterans Killing Time will be releasing their first studio album in over a decade on February 9th through Dead City Records. The album is entitled, "Three Steps Back" and features twelve new songs. The record was written in the band’s original practice garage, the same place where they wrote the tracks for their first demo in 1988, and their first full length, "Brightside" in 1989. You can view the tracklisting and a trailer for the album below.
"Rope a Dope"
Switzerland's Eluveitie have posted part three of the trailer for the upcoming album, "Everything Remains As It Never Was," which will be released in Europe on February 19 and in North America on March 9 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Firewind guitarist Gus G. will once again attend the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California and will be signing at the following dates & times:
Friday, January 15th 2010 @ 1 - 2pm
Gus G. & Alex Skolnick (Testament) @ Seymour Duncan, booth 4358 in Hall C
Saturday, January 16th 2010 @ 2pm - 3pm
ESP Guitars, booth 213D, Level 2
In other news, Gus will join Uli Jon Roth & Friends on stage on Friday night, Jan. 15th @ The Grove, Anaheim.
Metallica has added a show at the Orfeo Superdomo in Cordoba, Argentina on January 24, 2010 to the upcoming tour.
Here are the rest of the upcoming dates: More...
India's contributions to the metal scene may not be the most well known in the world, but Inner Sanctum are on a mission to change that. The thrash tinged death metallers released their debut EP "Provenance" in September of 2009 and recently performed at the Deccan Rock Fest. The track "Quarantine" from the EP is available for streaming through Inner Sanctum's MySpace page. Guitarist Rajeev, bassist Michael, and vocalist Gaurav filled me in on the recording process for "Provenance" and the EP's lyrical content. More...